One Dead, One Missing after Baltic Ship Collision

A Danish sailor has died while another went missing after two cargo ships collided in the Baltic sea at approximately 2:30 at 3.30 a.m. (0230 GMT). 

The Danish cargo ship Karin Hoej, and the UK-flagged cargo ship Scot Carrier , collided in the Baltic Sea between the Danish island of Bornholm and the southern Swedish city of Ystad.

The Karin Hoej, and the Scot Carrier were reportedly sailing in the same direction, in heavy fog, before they collided with one another.

Rescue divers, two helicopters, and several boats have been deployed from Sweden and Denmark but both crew members were not immediately found. 

Authorities have halted rescue operations due to 4-6 Celsius (39-43F) and thick fog and planned on resuming efforts after towing the Karin Hoej to port.

Rescuers later located one of the Karin Hoej crew dead inside the ship’s hull while the other crew member remains missing. 

The Karin Hoej’s captain has been tested for alcohol intoxication while the Danish coastguard is still investigating for possible negligence. 

Two Scot Carrier’s crew members, a Briton and a Croatian, were arrested by the Swedish coast guard on suspicion of drunkenness and involuntary manslaughter. 


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